Juventus already knew the domestic results of all three of their Champions League before taking to the field against Milan this evening, and the fact that both Real Madrid and FC Copenhagen had managed to clinch victories perhaps spurred the Bianconeri on in trying to maintain equally good momentum.
Putting last week’s painful derby defeat to Atletico Madrid behind them, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid side did manage to get back to winning ways in La Liga yesterday against Levante, but not without difficulty.
Los Blancos went behind twice - Sergio Ramos and then Alvaro Morata providing the equalisers - before the unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo secured a dramatic 3-2 win at the very end of injury time that allowed them to keep pace with Barcelona and Atletico, who are both now on a streak of eight consecutive victories.
FC Copenhagen also enjoyed a positive result, bouncing back from last week’s defeat and pulling off a comeback victory just like Real Madrid. Sonderjyske were the side on the wrong end of goals from Rurik Gislason and Nicolai Jorgensen today in a win that allows Stale Solbakken’s men to recuperate some lost ground in the Superliga. They have now moved up to seventh.
It was not a good weekend, though, for Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray, who suffered their first league defeat of the season against Akhisar Belediye. Didier Drogba, their top scorer in 2013/14, got one back but Galatasaray were already 2-0 down by that point. They now find themselves in 13th place, just one point off the Super Lig relegation zone.